PARIS – Students in the Oxford Hills School District raised more than $7,200 for Haitian earthquake relief.
Students representing each of the schools in the eight towns presented a check for $7,229 to David Thompson, executive director of the American Red Cross of Southern Maine, at the Board of Directors meeting Monday night. The money was raised during a districtwide Pocket Change for Haiti campaign.
A 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti on Jan. 12, killing more than 150,000 people and knocking down buildings in Port-au-Prince, the capital city of what is considered the poorest country in the western Hemisphere. Relief efforts have poured in from around the world for the past few months.
Cans were placed throughout the schools and students and staff put their pocket change in them.
Thompson called the students “a remarkable crop of future leaders.”
Thompson said that thanks to the donations of the Oxford Hills students and others across the state who are “leading the cause,” Haitians are on the road to recovery.
“Change is coming,” he said of the effort to ensure the Haitian people have fresh water and shelter.
Assistant Superintendent Rick Colpitts also praised the students. “Whenever there is a tragedy in our communities, our students are the first to respond. I’m extremely proud of the work they have done,” he said.
“One of the students gave all his money in the world … $13,” said Mackenzie Jordan of the Otisfield Community School.